A MOTHER and daughter have joined a father and son in custody over allegations they are involved in a family crime organisation linked to a $20 million marijuana crop
Leonie Fay Lindsay is accused of money laundering and supplying drugs to her daughter Jodie Distelle Lindsay, who is facing charges of trafficking, supplying and possessing marijuana.
Prosecutor Joshua Morris said police phone taps allegedly revealed their involvement in a "large-scale trafficking and production operation" in Mackay.
Howard Kerry Lindsay and Anthony Howard Lindsay were arrested earlier this month after police found about 8000 marijuana plants at Calen - their street value was about $20,222,500.
Mackay police located a large-scale bush cannabis crop in the mountains of Calen. Queensland Police Service
Mackay Magistrate Court heard Leonie and her husband Howard Lindsay were both on Centrelink payments.
"There is strong evidence to suggest Ms Leonie Lindsay has in fact committed the offence of money laundering and in the prosecution submission it is a strong crown case," Mr Morris said.
"Particularly striking is the comment of one bank teller to the effect of "oh did you have all this under your mattress did you?"
Mr Morris said it was alleged Leonie Lindsay, 61, had an "intimate knowledge of the supply and production arrangement".
The court heard that both Leonie and Jodie Lindsay had a prior entry for harbouring an escaped prisoner, which was Howard Lindsay.
Jodie Distelle Lindsay (left), Leonie Fay Lindsay (pink shirt) and Jennifer Lindsay (blue dress). The family of father and son Howard and Anthony Lindsay, who are accused of growing $20 million worth of marijuana. Janessa Ekert
Mr Morris objected to bail on the grounds both women were an unacceptable risk of committing further offences and interfering with witnesses.
Legal Aid Queensland solicitor Erin Beer said both women were not in a show cause position and had a legal right to bail.
"It's also the case that there's no physical evidence tying my client to any of these charges other than a suspicion of unexplained wealth," Ms Beer said in relation to Leonie Lindsay.
"It is yet to be established the extent of the roles of person accused currently."
Ms Beer said there was a risk both women could spend a substantial amount of time on remand because the brief of evidence would need to be ordered.
The court heard Jodie Lindsay also had significant health issues that would make time in jail more onerous. She also worked full time and had the care of a nine-year-old child.
Magistrate John Smith said he was not satisfied any conditions would lessen the risk and rejected bail.
"The court's also concerned ... you have a nine-year-old child in your care," Magistrate Smith said of Jodie Lindsay.
"If the allegations are proven where you've got a child under your care and engaging in this type of activity, it complicates the matter for you rather than lessening your culpability."
The case was adjourned to July 15.